The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup

London-based pop collective's chewy hits in expansive format

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Often cited, next to The Equals and Blue Mink, as British melting-pot pop, Pye Records’ unpretentious beat’n’bubblegum brigade eschewed flower-power stereotypes by sticking to a clap-happy variant on southern soul. Singer Clem Curtis, and his replacement Colin Young, fronted a sound that swung through TV studios and wouldn’t sound out of place now as cruise ship entertainment. In fact, the title cut closes There’s Something About Mary, so the melody lingers on. This triple-CD set collates tune-heavy hits?”Baby Now That I’ve Found You”, “Back On My Feet Again” and “In The Bad, Bad Old Days”?with B-sides and the odd rarity. One for jukebox nostalgists everywhere.

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